City tries to shut down topless club, calling it public nuisance

Eclipse Gentlemen's Club sued by city of Houston

September 3, 2013 8:54:49 PM PDT
The city of Houston is trying to shut down a topless club, calling it a public nuisance.

Early on a Tuesday night, there is little going on at the Eclipse Gentlemen's Club, with no need for the security officer to leave his post -- until we walked up and asked to talk to the manager. Things quickly settled down, though we did not get a response from the club.

The city of Houston is suing the establishment, calling it a nuisance that not only promotes crime but also does nothing about it.

According to the lawsuit, between March 2012 and the end of June 2013, Houston police have been called to the club on 22 possible crimes including:

  • Seven sexually oriented business violations
  • Two prostitution cases
  • Three liquor violations
  • Ten drug related cases
  • It is not the first time the city has used the courts to go after a property. The lawsuit says they are the only remedy for the problems.

    The city is also suing the club's owner. He didn't return our calls.

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